50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index, August 28, 1969

Car Inspections at High School

Captain Don. W. Shaw of the Newman Police Department will be at Orestimba High School Friday to make safety inspections of student cars. Any student planning to drive a car to school during the 1969-70 school year must have his or her car checked and then obtain a parking sticker at the high school office, states Chief of Police L.F. Jensen.

Strong boost for tax election PTA promises 

After a thorough examination and discussion of the facts pertaining to our schools’ critical financial situation, the Newman PTA Executive Board has resolved “ to support, unequivocally, the Newman-Gustine unified District Tax Election to be held on October 7, 1969.” 

In addition, relative to the resolution, it was definitely understood that the monies received as a result of a successful tax election will assist our district in maintaining its present conservative educational program. The need for more specialized reading programs, the retention of our superior school personnel, and the maintaining of our high quality of curriculum excellence were deciding factors in the board’s decision to support the election. 

Not surprising , but somewhat discouraging, the Executive Board dealt a sounding defeat for the proposed scholarship plan. However, even though the committee’s recommended budget was amended by deleting the scholarship fund from the 1969-70 budget, the idea of a scholarship is not entirely dead. The Board set up a special committee to re-examine the scholarship idea, survey our schools’ needs, and recommended a compromise project worthy of our PTA monies. 

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The Gustine Standard, August 28, 1969

Trustees get good news, all teaching posts filled 

“We are staffed,” Superintendent John Duncan told the Newman-Gustine Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees Monday night, with evident satisfaction. “You mean we don’t need anymore teachers anywhere?” a trustee asked. Trustees and school officials had begun to count noses and look worried within the past few weeks as the summer wore on and new teacher prospects failed to sign contracts. 

Duncan however repeated his good news noting that recent signed contract, some in difficult areas where real teacher shortages exist, had brought the district’s teacher count up to its full complement. 

He Did It!

A hole in one, for the first time in the three-year history of the event, won the annual Little League Hole in One tournament last weekend when high school football coach Jerry McAdam powered an eight-iron show into the cup. His 150-yard eight-iron was worth $250 to him - the first time the grand prize has been awarded. Nick Quintana’s beauty that rolled to within four inches of the cup earned him $100 for the first-prize-not-in.